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11 Reasons You Need a Smartwatch: From Notifications to Navigation

“So we are all seeing now these new smartwatches popping out of the market. We may all get excited with this new technological innovation and thinking of buying one, yet is it really worth your money? Do you really need one? If you’re still in doubt whether to buy one or not, see how many checks can you get from the points mentioned below.”

 

The Apple Watch is finally here, but despite the company’s best efforts some people remain sceptical about the whole concept of a smartwatch.

We’ve spent months with the Sony Smartwatch 3, one of the best Android Wear devices on the market. At first, smartwatches can be confusing and seem redundant, but after using them for an extended amount of time both the user and the device begin to work in harmony.

Sony's Smartwatch 3 range

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Sony’s Smartwatch 3 range

Unfortunately for the companies selling smartwatches, most consumers don’t get the opportunity to try-before-you-buy. We’re here to help with a number of useful, real-world benefits that we’ve discovered, which should be enough to convince even the most ardent smartwatch detractors.

1. Notifications

For us, notifications are the main reason you’d buy a smartwatch. The ease of having them sent to your wrist and being able to identify their importance without removing your phone from a pocket or bag is invaluable. It simplifies your life and it saves time – and time is important.

BBM running on the Moto 360

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BBM running on the Moto 360

2. Social etiquette

Checking your phone can be rude. Replacing that with a quick glance at your wrist is quicker, simpler and subtler.

3. Internet of Things

I can control the volume of my Sonos sound system with a few taps on my wrist, I can also turn Hue lights on and off. Again, it’s quicker and simpler than retrieving a phone, and the Internet of Things and ‘Smart Home’ technology is only set to expand.

4. Travel

During Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ event, Tim Cook demonstrated the Apple Watch being used to get through airport security by displaying the user’s boarding pass directly on the watch screen. Anything that makes the airport security process easier is a benefit.

5. Answering calls

Various smartwatches handle answering calls differently. The Sony Smartwatch 3, for example, allows users to accept and decline calls on the watch, but activates the phone’s speaker and microphone (or headphones, if plugged in) for the conversation. This is helpful when walking around with …

Apple Watch release date, price and features

“The new Apple Watch is set to be available this coming April 24l More than a smart watch, this timepiece is designed to make a fashion statement especially to avid Apple users. But what exactly can we expect from this little gadget? Do you believe it is a wise investment?”

 

Apple Watch release date is April 24, preorder begins today

Apple Watch is now on sale with the first pre-orders arriving on Friday, April 24 – you can set your friend’s inferior Android Wear smartwatch to that release date.

However, some Apple Watch colors are already sold out for day one, back as far as August. This means we have plenty of time to tell you every detail about what’s been hiding up Tim Cook’s sleeve.

  • Want to see it in action? Check out our hands on: Apple Watch review

It’s an iPhone-compatible smartwatch officially dubbed Apple Watch, shedding the fabled iWatch moniker, as the company focuses on its first chic wearable over geeky tech.

To that lavish point, the Apple Watch price ranges from $349 (£299, AU$499) for the entry-level Sport model to $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000) for the top-tier 18-karat gold editions.

Apple Watch apps let you read email, summon Siri, receive calls and track fitness goals. Facebook, WeChat and Twitter notifications can also be beamed your wrist without pulling out your smartphone.

But is this really the first smartwatch that matters, like Cook says? Does its 18-hour battery life hold up? Is it water resistant? We finally have those answers days before the Apple Watch launch.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? An iOS 8.2-friendly watch that plays nice with your iPhone
  • When is it out? This month, April 24. Pre-orders began April 10
  • What will it cost? $349 (£299, AU$499) to $17,000 (£13,500, AU$24,000)

Apple Watch release date

The wait is almost over for the Apple Watch release date, which is officially set for April 24. Pre-orders began today, and you can try it on at the Apple Store during 15-minute appointments.

Apple Watch apps

 Apple Watch is officially launching on April 24 in nine countries

Apple is requiring appointments to try on the smartwatch and make an in-store purchase, so reserve a time in advance. This should eliminate sleep-deprived diehards who camp out for new Apple products.

It’ll be available in nine countries: US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. More countries get the Apple Watch at later date. Tim Cook promised.

In two weeks time, our Apple Watch vs Android Wear comparison can really …

 

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